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New Melones: Get back to nature

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POSTED March 16, 2012 11:11 p.m.

SONORA - Reclamation’s Interpretive Speaker and Hike Series returns this Spring at New Melones Lake.

All activities are free of charge, suitable for all ages, and most do not require reservations. Wear sturdy shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Each of the Speaker Series programs are partnered with a corresponding activity.

New Melones Eagles Speaker Series

Friday March 23, 7 p.m.

New Melones Visitor Center and Museum

Join Ranger Greg for an insightful look at our Nation’s Symbol. While recently off the endangered species list, the Bald Eagle is still fragile in our changing environment. Discover what makes them unique and why we should continue to protect them.

New Melones Eagles Hike

Saturday March 24, 10 a.m.

Heron Point, Tuttletown Recreation Area

Learn about these majestic birds and the efforts made for their preservation. This is an easy 2-mile hike. We will meet at the Tuttletown Entrance Station at 10 a.m. and then caravan down to the trailhead. Participants will receive a parking pass for the duration of the event.

Shutterbug Club Photography Speaker Series

Friday March 30, 7 p.m.

New Melones Visitor Center and Museum

Bring your camera, owner’s manual, tripod and questions down to the Visitor Center and learn some basics of photography. We will discuss F-Stop, Aperture, ISO, composition and play “what’s wrong with this picture?” Great skills to use when you are out exploring New Melones Lake! Space for this series is limited. Please contact Ranger Hilary at (209) 536-9094 ext: 236 to reserve your place at this event.

Shutterbug Club Photography Hike

Saturday March 31, 10 a.m.

Natural Bridges

Bring your camera, owner’s manual and tripod on this hike down the Natural Bridges trail. At the bottom of the trail we will take our time to compose perfect photographs of flowing water, discuss composition, and capture the beauty of Natural Bridges. Bring plenty of water and a lunch. This is a moderate to difficult 2-mile hike. Meet at the Natural Bridges Trailhead off of Parrotts Ferry Road at 10 a.m.

Mushrooms of New Melones Lake Speaker Series

Friday April 6, 6 p.m.

New Melones Visitor Center and Museum

Join Ranger Hilary in discovering some of the fungi around us. Learn about their importance, identification, habitats, life cycles and dangers. Arts and crafts begin at 6 p.m. followed by a PowerPoint presentation at 7 p.m.

Mushrooms of New Melones Lake Hike

Saturday April 7, 10 a.m.

Table Mountain

Join Ranger Hilary in a hunt for fungi. We will hike the base of Table Mountain to identify the different species we find along this easy 2-mile trail. Participants will have the option of returning on their own or participating in a climb to the top to enjoy the grand view of New Melones Lake. We will meet at the corner of Rawhide Road and Shell Road at 10 a.m.

Wildflowers of the Mother Lode Speaker Series

Friday April 13, 6 p.m.

New Melones Visitor Center and Museum

Discover many of the wildflower species that are in full bloom this time of year around the Mother Lode. Learn their life cycles, importance and where the viewing hot spots are around New Melones Lake. Arts and crafts begin at 6 p.m. followed by a PowerPoint presentation at 7 p.m.

Wildflowers of the Mother Lode Hike

Sunday April 15, 10 a.m.

Angels Creek, Glory Hole Recreation Area

Learn how to identify some of the wildflowers that blanket the Mother Lode this time of year! This is a moderate 2.5-mile hike. Meet at the Glory Hole Entrance Station at 10 a.m. and then caravan down to the Angels Creek trailhead. Participants will receive a parking pass for the duration of the event.

Invasive Species Speaker Series

Friday April 20, 7 p.m.

New Melones Visitor Center and Museum

Invasive species are classified as any plant or animal that is not native. Ranger Casey will be discussing many of the species that have infested New Melones Lake. Learn how to identify them, their damaging impact they have on our resources and what you can do to help stop their spread.

Customer Appreciation Day

Saturday April 21, 10 a.m.

Peoria Wildlife and Tuttletown Recreation Area

Take a ranger-led hike in the Peoria Wildlife Area then drive up to the Dam Overlook where you can experience a close-up view of the dam and river canyon. There will be rangers on site from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. to answer any questions you have about the past, present and future of New Melones Lake. The $8 day use fee is waived in both Tuttletown and Glory Hole Recreation Areas.

Earth Day Celebration

Sunday April 22, 10 a.m.

Peoria Wildlife Area

Ranger Casey will discuss the impact invasive species have had in the Mother Lode. Show your stewardship for your public lands and assist with invasive species abatement. Learn how you can be part of the solution. Please contact Ranger Casey for information about this event at (209) 536-9094 ext: 233. They will meet at the Equestrian Staging Area off of Peoria Flat Road at 10 am.

Trees and Shrubs of California Speaker Series

Friday April 27, 7 p.m.

New Melones Visitor Center and Museum

In celebration of Arbor Day learn how to identify many of the trees found at New Melones Lake.

They will discuss how the use of trees plays an important role in our past, present and future.

Arbor Day Oak Tree Planting and Hike

Sunday April 29, 10 a.m.

Tuttletown Recreation Area

Assist Ranger Cindy in planting 20 Oak Tree seedlings in the Manzanita Campground. Then join in for a hike to discuss the many trees that grow at New Melones Lake. We will meet at the Tuttletown Entrance Station at 10 am and then caravan down to the planting sites. Participants will receive a parking pass for the duration of the event.

Birds of New Melones Speaker Series

Friday May 4, 6 p.m.

New Melones Visitor Center and Museum

Join Ranger Hilary in discovering the wonderful world of bird watching. Learn about flight patterns, migrations, calls and identification. Arts and crafts begin at 6 p.m. followed by a PowerPoint presentation at 7 p.m.

Bird Watching at New Melones Hike

Saturday May 5, 10 a.m.

Table Mountain

Join Ranger Hilary in discovering the wonderful world of bird watching. We will hike, searching for and identifying the many species of birds that make New Melones their home.

This is an easy 2-mile trail that leads to the base of Table Mountain. Participants will have the option of returning on their own or participating in a climb to the top to enjoy the grand view of New Melones Lake. Be sure to bring binoculars, a camera and lunch for this hike! Meet at the corner of Shell Road and Rawhide Road at 10 a.m.

The Creation of Natural Bridges Speaker Series

Friday May 18, 6 p.m.

New Melones Visitor Center and Museum

Learn the geology, fauna, flora, native and cultural history behind the creation of Natural Bridges. Arts and crafts begin at 6 p.m. followed by a PowerPoint presentation at 7 p.m.

Mormon Creek Paddle

Sunday May 20, 10 a.m.

Tuttletown Entrance Station

Experience the beauty of New Melones Lake from a unique perspective on this ranger-led paddling tour. They will launch from Tuttletown, hugging the shoreline past the campgrounds, and up Mormon Creek. Along the way you will look for river otters, bald eagles, osprey and other wildlife. This outing is open to experienced swimmers with their own kayak or other non-motorized boat. Expect to be out on the water 2 to 3 hours. Participants need to bring their boat, USCG approved life jackets (properly fitted and serviceable), paddles, sunscreen, hat, water and a lunch. Each child under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please contact Ranger Hilary at (209) 536-9094 ext: 236 to reserve you place at this event. They will meet at the Tuttletown Entrance Station at 10 a.m. Participants will be given a parking pass for the duration of the event.

 

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